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Fire on the Water: Sailors, Slaves, and Insurrection in Early American Literature, 1789-1886 (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850) Paperback – June 7, 2019

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"This book shows Lenora Warren working fluidly across US literary studies, African American studies and the literature of the African diaspora, Atlantic history, oceanic studies, and colonial and Early Republic literature. The book's topic is superb: the role of black sailors, particularly enslaved or emancipated black sailors, has been woefully understudied (other than the historiographic work of Jeffrey Bolster in Black Jacks or the articles of Charles Foy). In locating both revolutionary potential and abolitionist inspiration in the insurrectionary activity of black sailors, Warren provides a fresh, exciting new unit of analysis for scholars and students of American literary history. I cannot stress enough how vital and necessary the topic is, and how overlooked it has been."
-- Hester Blum, Pennsylvania State University and President of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

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"Readers will find Fire on the Water an important contribution to the study of slavery and abolitionism. Moreover, this book also makes major contributions to Black Atlantic studies and to maritime and oceanic studies at large. Scholars working in these fields will find Warren’s book essential reading. They will also find the book’s clarity and concision impressive. Fire on the Water will teach well in both the undergraduate and graduate classrooms."
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About the Author

Lenora Warren is an assistant professor of English at Colgate University in Madison County, New York.

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